Bringing Exploration to Life for Learners
At National Geographic, we believe in the power of exploration and wonder to change the world. The heart of our community is our Explorers: cutting-edge scientists and researchers, transformative educators and powerful storytellers. We believe it's at the intersection of exploration and education, where National Geographic can make a profound difference for learners and the educators who reach them.
Now, as communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning at home, we invite you to join us for live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom. In our commitment to support educators, students and families during this transition, we are now providing Explorer Classroom every weekday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!
See our full line-up below:
June 2nd | 2:00PM ET
Ever wonder how different types of soil influence various cultures? Geographer Emily Toner will share the scientific and cultural significance of soil by leading a lesson about the 12 major types of soil in the world. Join to learn what makes them different from one another.
June 3rd | 2:00PM ET
Bill McQuay is the owner and operator of Eco Location Sound, a company that specializes in sound-based storytelling with a particular emphasis on scientific exploration and natural history. Learn more about sound-based storytelling, and how natural sounds can enhance a story.
June 4th | 2:00PM ET
Fredrik Hiebert is an archaeologist and explorer who has traced ancient trade routes overland and across the seas for more than 25 years. Hear about National Geographic’s Archaeologist in Residence’s excavations and adventures in places like the ancient Silk Road, and sites from Egypt to Mongolia.
June 2nd | 10:00AM ET
Ruchira “Ru” Somaweera is a a herpetologist and evolutionary biologist who researches how reptiles adapt to a changing world. He’ll discuss these mysterious animals of diverse shapes, sizes, and abilities. Join him to learn why reptiles matter!
This event is recommended for learners in grades PreK-2.
June 3rd | 3:30PM ET
Christopher Golden is an ecologist and epidemiologist who investigates the nexus of trends in global environmental change and human health. Join him for a discussion on the intersections of climate change, sustainable fishing practices, and nutrition.
This event is recommended for learners in grades 9+.
Participating in Explorer Classroom is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Select an event, then use the “Register Here” link to sign up.
We’ll email you instructions for how to join your event.
We’ll let you know if you were selected for an on-screen spot.
Use the Educator and Family Guides to brainstorm questions for the Explorer.
Watch & Ask Questions
Tune in at the scheduled time and date for your event.
We’ll see you there!
Looking for other ways spark curiosity and wonder for learners outside of the classroom?
Explorer our Learn at Home Resources to teach, connect with and inspire K-12 learners.
The materials are free, curated and easy to implement.
Check out some highlights below or explore our full archive on YouTube.
Shivani Bhalla is working to safeguard the future of Kenya's rapidly declining lion populations. There are now fewer than 2,000 lions in Kenya, and they could vanish within twenty years. Shivani founded the conservation organization Ewaso Lions to promote coexistence between people and lions.
Supported by Canon
Join Asha de Vos to learn about the "unorthodox blue whales" of the northern Indian Ocean.
Explorer Imogen Napper is passionate about being part of the solution to ocean plastics. Her work recently helped influence the ban of microbeads in cosmetics internationally. The “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition is the first of several international river expeditions planned as part of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initiative, which aims to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic that reaches the ocean.
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wild animals into a career. Join him in the field in Arctic Canada where he’s filming for his latest project.
Supported by Canon
Explorer Katlin Bowman has spent nearly a year of her life at sea, spanning 12 expeditions. She studies the rising mercury in marine environments, due to human activities like fossil fuel combustion and gold mining. Currently, Katlin is studying how microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay impacts mercury cycling.
Marina Elliott is a biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer. She is currently working in the Rising Star Cave system.
Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time.